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carswell in ft. worth, texas. >>> barack obama is in montana today to give a final push to health care reform before heading off on a vacation. the president is holding another town hall meeting and the big question is, will it turn hostile like the other debates across the country. manuel gallegus is reporting. >> reporter: here in the mountain west, a massive government health care overhaul is a hard sell. >> i think there will be some protesters for sure, but i also think there will be a lot of people out there that really think he is doing the right thing. >> reporter: president obama came very close to winning montana in last year's election. and plenty of bozeman residents say better health care coverage is worth a fight. >> i do know that you have we have to something. >> reporter: it is the confusion surrounding what is actually in the legislation that makes many skeptical. >> i'm not clear on what the package means but we certainly need improvements to the system. >> reporter: president obama arrived at this hangar later this afternoon to play the role of salesman in chief. th
and saturday when he hits the road for town hall meetings in two conservative areas of the country, montana and colorado. it won't be easy. poll numbers show 34% of americans say the loud disruptions at town hall meetings in recent days have made them sympathetic to the protesters concerns. >> supports insist there is a lot of misinformation of what might be ebb include ned plan and they argue leaving the system as it is just won't work. joel brown, cbs news, the white house. >> barack obama will hold a health care reform town hall meeting tomorrow in belgrade, montana and then another one over the weekend in grand junction, colorado. >>> u.s. marines are on the move in southern afghanistan staging an offensive in a taliban held area. the marines had to rescue families who were trapped in a compound near a village where they were fighting. they treated the wounded and moved the families to a safe area. the marines, alternate troops and afghan army forces are trying to reverse the taliban resurgence in southern afghanistan and make it safe for the civilians. >>> an iphone owner in france say
barack obama brought to montana today. he's on a four-state tour to his health care reform plan. an increasingly contentious topic across the country. >> reporter: the president hielf out in montana today which is out west but as two democratic senators said the fight is fierce and you have seen all of these town halls. many in maryland and it has been kind of tough on democrats. but on president barack obama today, not surprisingly nobody got in his face. but it did get some tough questions. the president's aides say the president has been itching to deal with the toughest of questions. number one, they say he is convinced health care reform insurgent and doable. number two, he's convinced a lot of the so-called tough questions are really based on misconceptions. didn't hear any misconceptions alleged today. but the president did get the core question which is how are we going to afford all of this and here is some of what happened in montana. >> if i'm writing a check to my local church, i don't know why uncle sam should be giving me a bigger t break than the person that makes
today fielding queendns htr montana e therilhe teer no dramatic outbursts. the president did get tough questions from people in the audience. steve handelsman has our report. >> reporter: with polls showing support dropping for his health care initiative, president obama took the lead himself at a town hall in montana. and took the heat. >> that's all we get is bull. you can't tell us how you are going to pay for this. the only way you are going to get that money is to raise our taxes. you said you wouldn't. >> you are absolutely right. that i can't cover another 46 had million people for free. let's assume it costs about $30 billion a year over ten years. we do have to come up with that money. when i was campaigning, i made a promise that i would not raise your taxes if you made $250,000 a year or less. that's what i said. but i said that for people like myself who make more than that, there's nothing wrong with me paying a little bit more in order to help people who got a little bit less. that was my commitment. >> reporter: backing the president's plans are some strange bedfellows,
montana" helmet is spoeft to fit children 8 and up. but tests show it is too big for some 8-year-olds and just right for some adults. >> a helmet should fit snugly even before you tighten the strap. >> level and no more than one or two finger's width above the brow. the straps should form a v under each year and centered under the chin. the brasher tested well and is a best buy for $20. >> you'll need to adjust the bike helmet over time. the straps may stretch or slip as your child grows. replace it every five years or if your child has an accident. >>> this week in living well a crackdown on foot safety especially greens that say prewashed and ready to eat. unfortunately they have been the culprits of widespread food poisoning cases. >> reporter: kelly won't go near salad that comes from a bag. >> you have like a pain in your stomach and the pain was unbelievable. >> reporter: she was infected with e. coli after seating a salad at a washington state restaurant. she said she found out later that the lettuce came from a bag. the mother o. two ended up in the hospital for two weeks
in montana. brooke hart has the latest. >> reporter: president obama heads west today on a health care reform rescue mission. >> fascist pig. >> let the record show the man left on his own. >> reporter: after a week of town hall flare-ups, one poll shows his efforts in troubling. >> rationing happens now. >> reporter: 34% of americans tell "usa today" they're now more sympathetic to protesters. 21% say less so. newt gingrich wants more town halls. protesters claim the president is pushing everything from abortion to euthanasia in his reform plan. >> one of the reasons we've pushed back is because of those misconceptions. >> reporter: starting today, a coalition of reform allies raises the stakes in a new ad. >> what does health insurance reform really mean? >> reporter: the ads paid for by drugmakers, the biggest doctor and hospital groups in the country, teaming up with a major union to back the president. >> it means you can't be denied coverage for a pre-existing condition or dropped if you get sick. it means putting health care decisions in the hands of you and your doct. >> reporter: the
, holding a town hall meeting in colorado to discuss health care. friday he stopped in montana. the president did not experience the same animosity many senators and representatives have faced. mr. obama told the audience what they've seen on tv doesn't tell the whole story and constructive meetings have been taking place across the country. most who attended seemed to support the president's plan. but not everyone, one man even turned the president's own joke about bull in washington on him. >> and we keep getting the bull. that's all we get, is bull. you can't tell us how you're going it pay for this. >> you are absolutely right. that i can't cover another 46 million people for free. >> the president went on tell the man he will not raise taxes on families making $250,000 or less, and admitted the wealthy will have to pay more. some protestors did come out, they were kept about half a mile away. he often had to shout to be heard above the crowd. but the senator tells the "washington post" he has not been discouraged. in fact, he says the opposite has happened. he's more deter
's out west today and pushing his plan for health care rerm. he held a town hall meeting in montana this afternoon and will hold another one in colorado tomorrow. >> the reform debate has sparked noisy exchanges between supporters and opponents. "meet the press" moderator david gregory joins us now with more and a preview of "meet the press" this sunday morning. we have all seen these anyry outbursts. are they having an impact? >> they are having an impact on the debate. the white house feels the need to hit back to try to win the argument on some of these points to push back against the things clearly not true. you know, lot of the talk about the death panel this week and so forth not part of the bill. one of the things that may be in trouble here is the idea of bipartisanship on this issue. i think democrats and some i talked to today are getting closer to a point where they say let's just get this done with the democratic vote. one of the reasons you saw the president ou west, he's also trying to stiffen the spine of some of those more conservative democrats whom he needs. >> is
reform sales pitch to montana. he'll host a town hall meeting there. these meetings have turned heated with people on both sides of the issue speaking their minds. samantha hayes has the latest. >> reporter: the questions and concerns from constituents keep coming in town hall meetings across the country n. sea caucus, new jersey. >> i'm covered and i want to -- the system is fatally broken and needs to be fixed. >> after all the rhetoric does congress intend to pass health care reform and if so how do you to pay for it, even if you have to have a tax increase. >> i would intend to pass a health care reform bill but i would intend to pay completely opposite of what is coming through right now. >> reporter: public meetings on health care form hosted by members of congress have revealed skepticism among many voter and raised political stakes. the president who defended reform on tuesday in new hampshire is heading out to do the same thing again. >> you feel satisfied with what happened in new hampshire. he was able to address concerns that people had. i think he was able to take on, as i
system. the president wrapped up a town hall meeting in montana and manuel gallegus is there. salesman in chief is talking about health care reform. >> president obama is using his own town hall meetings to beat back the fiery opposition boiling over in other town halls across the country. >> fight against the fear. this is not about politics. this is about helping the american people. >> reporter: while montana voted for president obama's rival in the last election and usually casts a wary eye toward washington we were hard-pressed to find ticket holders who didn't support a health care overhaul. >> i trust the government far more than private insurance companies. >> reporter: tickets for this town hall were distributed on a first come, first serve basis. most of the southing was reel gated far away from this hangar outside of the airport. >> what do we want health care when do we want it now. >> reporter: 500 demonstrators for and against health care reform staked out ground nearby. >> no one knows what is on the bill. >> reporter: many hope the president can better explain what is i
chuck todd is traveling with the president. he has the latest from big sky, montana. chuck? >> good morning, lester. the president is out west for a working vacation. yesterday was town hall number one. today will be town hall number two in grand junction, colorado, all of it is an attempt to recapture political momentum to pass health care reform. president obama came to the hills of montana with his entire family in tow for what was billed as a town hall on health care but at times felt like a campaign rally. president obama was reminiscent of candidate obama at times, as he worked the audience. >> so i need you to keep knocking on doors, talking to your neighbors, spread the facts. >> reporter: the president did take questions from a mostly supportive audience, but not before offering his own media critique of how town halls hav been covered this week. >> tv loves a ruckus. what you haven't seen on tv and what makes me proud, are the many constructive meetings going on all over the country. >> reporter: mindful of tuesday's relatively cane new hampshire town hall the president av
bladensburg road and the traffic circle of west virginia, montana avenues because of a building fire. everybody's being turned around right now. it does appear some traffic may be getting by the service roadway, but again, inbound and outbound new york avenue between west virginia, montana and bladensburg road close because of a building fire. you can see some of the fire there. elsewhere let you know things a little hazy through the mid-august muck as you take a look at the wilson bridge, but the good news is traffic is moving along nicely. joe, back to you. >> a lot of haze. thanks very much, jerry. >>> time is now 6:43, 73 degrees. >>> the big screen tv on sale for $10, but there's a big but. >> i can imagine. d.c. mayor adrian fenty is here for "connecting with the mayor." i'm going to ask you about whether the district is ready for the start of school and whether the district is making a push to bring the >>> our time 6:. we're connecting you with the mayor, as always, at this time every thursday i'm here with d.c. mayor adrian fenty. welcome. >> thanks for having me. >> great t
virginia, montana avenues. authorities head there. trip to the wilson bridge looking good so far. back to you. >> thank you, jerry. >> thanks. >> amtrak hopes to entice you to ride the rails. they're offering discount fares through december. prices for one-way tickets in the northeast are slashed by 25%. that means y can get away to philly, new york or boston for as little as 66 bucks round trip. amtrak says so far the promotion has been a success. that's why they're extending it. >> plus, news for your health this morning. is it the facial fountain of youth? technology that promises to get rid of wrinkles naturally. the secret ingredient, the procedure uses a patient's own blood. the procedure is called cell fill. here's how it works. doctors draw some blood, then use a patented process to turn it into a special product. hmm. wonder what that is. that product is then injected into the treatment area. it's billed as the next t best thing to a face lift with no side effects. i guess no stitches. >> over the course of eight weeks, develop new collagen and growth of blood vessels and real
. thank you very much. jane: white tail montana, population 71. about three people crossed the border to canada here every day. so why did they just get $15 million in stimulus money, your tax dollars? politics at play? and it is only a test, but an important one. the first test of a rocket lying there on its side jane: when president obama announced that stimulus package, he said he was basically banning politicians from using earmarked to pay for pet projects. senator $20 million -- $700 million were spent on border crossings. the associated press has discovered that low purdy checkpoints were chosen even though they work on bottom of the list. white tail, montana, will get $50 million to build a new border station. the town has a population of 71 and about three travelers a day cross the border here. so why the new station? janet napolitano was pressure to dump this project up. they say that senator tester boasted about this project, using his influence. 4200 trucks a day, rated among the highest priority, yes this was passed over for stimulus money. how did this happen? >> they we
here and we ran into a couple of crews from montana. we have been watching throughout date. there have been water dropping helicopters and forest service crews in the rough terrain. that is one of the factors, more resources on the ground and better weather conditions. they are hoping that firefighters get a better handle on this today. >> anita, thank you. >>> a thick gray cloud hovering over the angeles national forest. you can see how close those flames are. this is the city of pasadena you are looking at. it's a very populated city. smoke and haze not to mention the smell lingering in the area. if you have pictures of the fire send them to us. we my decide to put the pictures on tv but don't put yourself in harm's way. >> gregg: high temperatures is helping fuel this dangerous fire. they are in the midst of a five-day heat wave. they are trying bring the flames under control. any relief in sight. let's go to our meteorologist, any help on the way with mother nature. >> three to five days it will be very hot in the western part of the united states. we have a big ridge sitting right
and president obama may face some of those angry crowds at a town hall today in belgrade montana. a big opposition rally is planned nearby with about -- nearby with 500 expected to show up. >>> a reporter had a sitdown with the president and he's only 11 years old and won this interview with the president. >> he's lucky. damon weaver became an internet sensation during the campaign as he followed the president hoping for an interview. the president fielded questions about his basketball skills, bullying and life in the white house. take a listen. >> what is it like being president of the united states? >> well it's very exciting. it's a lot of work and there are times where you get a little warn down. but every day you have the possibility, the ability of helping other people. and if you can do that -- >> weaver signed out just like he did when the interview with joe biden and he asked the president to be his home boy and the president said absolutely. to see the interview, go to myfoxdc.com. >>> we're moving to on to another story -- on to another story with a funny man here in the stu
in montana. here at home, the passion of people on both sides remains heated as witnesses at a town hall meeting in salisbury, maryland. >> why on earth are you producing a health care bill that has so many pages in it and such complex wording that we can't understand it and we, quite frankly, don't trust you all to be honest with us. >> that was one woman's opinion at the meeting led by senator ben cardin. he called it democracy in action. >> i believe this is part of the political process. i think the best way we are going to get results in washington to hear your views. i learn from these exchanges. i get helpful information to me. >> reporter: so many people are weighing in on-line the it department for congress is warning servers may be slowed down by the rush of incoming e- mails. an air traffic controller and a supervisor are suspended following last week's deadly midair collision in new york city. the federal aviation administration says the controller was talking on the phone when a small plane collided with a helicopter. the investigators say the supervisor was out of the build
northeast, look out for the broken down vehicle inbound new york avenue at west virginia and montana avenues. pretty quiet but picking up volume quickly along i-270. back to you. >> thank you very much. school day, school days, good old golden rule days. they are here again for thousands of students in our area, and this morning it's time for kids in montgomery county to get up and head back to class. news 4's tracee wilkins joins you live from quince orchard high school with more on what to expect this year. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. we are going to be talking live in jus a second with dr. jerry weast who is the superintendent of the montgomery county school system. just to give you a little background here, now montgomery county schools, they are the 16th largest in the nation. when he arrived 11 years ago, they were number 18. so they have grown significantly, and the population has also changed with that growth. during all of these changes, montgomery county has stayed at the top of the list across the nation for improvement and they're breaking more records and they're ha
with his trip out west. the president held a similar event yesterday in montana. some protesters did come out, but they were kept about a half mile away. >>> five days, that's how long alexandria's former police chief will spend behind bars. david baker pleaded guilty yesterday to drunken driving. he was arrested last month after crashing into another car in arlington. baker faces a $300 fine and a loss of hisriving privileges. >>> and someng minor legal tublm for michael phelps. the poli are issued him two citations in a car accident he did not cause. he showed them an invalid michigan driver's license after the crash and he failed to establish residency in maryland. they say the other driver is to blame for the accident. >>> good morning and welcome to the 9:00 edition of "news 4 today." i'm kimberly suiters. the news is just ahead. chuck bell is up in "storm center 4." are you sweating next? >> no. does it look like i'm sweating? outside we have a beautiful blue sky overhead, nice fair-weather cumulus clouds bubbling up. we have a light wind thats's going to provide was a little bit of
in idaho and montana. otherwise, no flight delays on tap for the nation. now, here is this front just now coming out of southern ontario into northern indiana and central ohio. ahead of that, we are getting a few showers, but we still have the flow out of the southwest tapping humidity off the gulf of mexico and sweeping it up the at lap tick seaboard. going forward over the next 36 hours, this is a zone of potential precipitation. showers near washington from mid-afternoon all the way into the evening. earlier for the mountains and late morning there as the front approaches. then tonight into tomorrow, the front will stall out just to our south. by tomorrow morning, we may have a lingering shower, especially to our east. during the day, a stalled front with a passing shower near the beaches as well as south and east of washington. otherwise, lower humidity moving in that should linger into friday. a nice break from our usual high heat and humidityeg bin bng tomorrow. for today, it going to be rather uncomfortable withe t humidity levelsheat rhe r.high we'll have a little sun inhi an out
and montana and approaching the third street tunnel. that's the fox 5 on-time traffic. >>> school is in session now. the first day of montgomery county will bring a flood of new students as well. >> there's a record number enrollment, the officials a looking at the swine flu symptoms. good morning, the kids are right behind you. >> reporter: that's right, we have the drumline from the high school here that came through and went back into the high school there and a lot of the students showing up, school getting ready to start at 7:25 here. and it's a very big day for the school district in general. and as you mentioned, 140,000 student, that's the number we're told and that's bigger than normal. and here to talk to me is the superintendent. >> oh, it's a beautiful day. the weather's perfect and the kids are going by. and i wore my red tie because of qo today. >> and are you ready for the additional students. >> absolutely, we planned for them. we thought about 140,000 we may have 141,000. and we've anticipated we can handle it without any class size increases and they could come i
on health care in montana today, and colorado tomorrow. in montana it's in a very conservative part of the state. and meantime today his plan gets a boost from a group of drugmakers, doctors and hospitals which is starting to run ads supporting the health care initiative. the faa says an air traffic controller was on a personal phoncall during last weekend's midair collision over new york. it says the call probably had no bearing on the crash, but both the controller and his supervisor, who was outside of the building, are now suspended. >>> and there is new and disturbing video of that crash. nbc news has obtained these exclusive images which show the moment of impact when the plane and the helicopter collided, killing nine people. investigators will be analyzing this case to see what can be learned. reinforcements on the ground and in the air are expected today in northern california, where a wildfire has forced 2000 people from their homes. higher humidity and lighter winds should help the situation. >>> taiwan's president did raised the death toll from a devastating typhoon to a
, the first family will visit the bozeman area of montana. an august 15, they will travel to yellowstone, wyoming and grand junction, colorado. they will then travel to the grand canyon and phoenix, ariz. on august 16 and return to washington, d.c. on monday, august 17. the first family's visit to the national parks occurred during a fee-freeing weekend for our national parks. this is encouraging all people, including the many cynical people that sit on the right end of the front row, my right end of the front row, excuse me. we encourage them to go and visit the national parks. you have to pay. everybody else is exempt. he has been to yellowstone. he tells a story of coming to visit his grandparents that i believe includes stops at yellowstone and grand canyon. it is partly to highlight our national park system and to highlight the weekend where we hope millions of americans will enjoy the national park system and there will be events in addition to some of the stops. we have the best security and the world. yes? >> two topics -- on the economy, the president said in a rose garden that
is the major players. very close to the hospitals. senator bacus, very close to the hospitals in montana. cuts in nursing homes and health agencies. on a proportionately basis. i don't want you to get into debate here, for the point of seniors, benefits are not changing. paying nursing home less for their posthospital stay, ising that go to affect your care? they're trying to slow the growth rate saying, if we are going to cover 47 million people the money has got to come from some place. ising that going to affect benefits -- is that going to affect benefits? it could. host: what's a d.r.g. guest: diagnosis related group. host: what is it and how is it part of medicare part a? comboip there was reform in the early 1980's. if you were a hospital you sent in your costs for everything, the nurses, the laundry list, medicare paid your cost. it led to rampant inflation. congress said we're going to figure out what the cost of a heart bypass operation is, everything, and we are going to tell the hospital in philadelphia that your total costs are $50,000 on average. call us later. so the average hos
. senator bacus, very close t the hospitals in montana. cuts in nursing homes and health agencies. on a proportionately basis. i don't want you to get into debate here, for the point of seniors, benefits are not changing. paying nursing home less for their posthospital stay, ising that go to affect your care? they're trying to slow the growth rate saying, if we are going to cover 47 million people the money has got to come from some place. ising that going to affect benefits -- is that going to affect benefits? it could. host: what's a d.r.g. guest: diagnosis related group. host: what is it and how is it part of medicare part a? comboip there was reform in the early 1980's. if you were a hospital you sent in your costs for everything, the nurses, the laundry list, medicare paid your cost. it led to rampant inflation. congress said we're going to figure out what the cost of a heart bypass operation is, everything, and we are going to tell the hospital in philadelphia that your total costs are $50,000 on average. call us later. so the average hospital stay is 10 days, you make it wo
it was a moment of hope t. beatles on ed sullivan. hannah montana. you predicted. >> thanks for give manager e the credit. >> you predicted. >> there you go. >> actually, you are hopeful. >> i am. >> i get so tired of people being negative on the left and on the right and everybody saying this is the end of america as we know it. you're -- i home hopeful. you're hopeful, too. you think this reset, this fundamental reset is great for america in the long run. >> i do. it's happened before many times and taking a bit of the long view, not discounting the real pain that people feel when the moments happen and they're out of jobs but, yeah. i think it is time after a very long run in one direction to sort of sit down and get a little sane. >> a year ago i was complaining every day about the fact that we as a country had a 0% savings rate. or germany. germany had a 10% savings rate. did they -- while i was -- >> not yet. >> still wasn't. >> yeah. >> all right. i was hoping it would have kateri katerina vitt on our side. we're up to like 7%. we are healing ourselves. like you said, a lot of people in
, from montana all the way into the -- kind of the thu k youcthank you so much. so we're looking at some cloud cover. a cold front is swinging through. you can see all that weather was brought to you by walmart. diane? >> okay. thanks so much to you, sam. >>> without nora ephron, harry would never have met sally. tom hanks would have stayed "sleepless in seattle." producer, writer, director, bringing to the screen, "julie & julia." everybody is talking about it. the story of the groundbreaking chef. the one that changed america's views of food and how to live, julia child. and one that discovered her own destiny. and spent 20 years with us on "gma." now, the director, nora ephron. we have a picture of you at the premiere, i believe. >> oh, good. i had a lot of makeup. >> all that you went through to get to the premiere, right? there it was, the big night. you said when you were cooking, julia child was your imaginary friend when you were learning how to cook yourself? >> i really learned to cook from her cook book. this is quite a long time ago. and i used to sit there, stand there, as i
for health care reform with two more town hall meetings this week in montana and colorado. at a relatively calm town hall meeting in new hampshire yesterday, the president began calling his initiative by a new name. he's calling it insurance reform. he said that those with private insurance will be able to keep it with more protections if they get sick. those without insurance will be able to choose from a number of plans, one of which would be government-run. mr. obama also shot down rumors that his plan calls for the forced euthanasia of seniors. >> where we do disagree, let's disagree over things that are real, not these wild misrepresentations that bear no reselance to anything that's actually been proposed. >> about 200 demonstrators showed up outside the meeting. one man came with an unconcealed gun, which is legal in new hampshire. he said he wanted to make a political statement that if you don't exercise your rights, you lose them. >>> a close call for an injured hiker. his dramatic rescue was caught on tape. the 34-year-old broke his ankle while hiking along the shenandoah nationa
hannah montana to her own breakout success, she's a star and this friday on "today" miley cyrus will be live on our plaza. a very grown up song. >> i love that. i have it on my ipod. >> coming up in this half hour, even in death one woman is banking on the value of the real estate mantra location, location, location selling the crypt above marilyn monroe. it used to belong to her husband. because she needed the money is moving her husband out of there and offering it to anyone who wants it. we'll get into that coming up. >> very sad. >> it's because of the recession. >>> also ahead, year brewe're b the rules and show you how to wear summer staples including white jeans. we'll show you how to wear floral prints through the fall with your head held high. >> who is in the mood for something sweet? >> i am. >> it's not what it sounds like. these are dumplings filled with peaches. april sure it tastes great. >> it's cool. you need to find something to do with those peaches. >> we have stephanie in for al. >> let's talk about the weather. as ladies mentioned in the northeast they're r
the northern rockies coming out of montana through salt lake city north of you guys. ought to be dry for most of day. not much going on there. you get across the east coast, here's where you problems begin. around north carolina and south carolina, mainly around that frontal boundary. zero in toward the region. the most powerful action is around the coast from wilmington towards charleston. zero in right now. look at the squall that jumps off the coach around myrtle beach. lots of lightning. north of charleston, south of wilmington beach. showers in north carolina, virginia as well. soggy for the first part of the day. later this afternoon it'll begin to die down a little bit. as for florida, things are drying up nicely until you get towards the panhandle. this may become our next tropical depression. so far it has not. looks pretty organized now. let me show you an i-report from this weekend. trying to get a football game going. not so fast. look at this squall line that races in. heavy downpours. 80 mile per hour gusts. obviously postponed the game a little bit. you can see why. visibility
in belgrade, indiana, some were supporters of concern, some had -- in belgrade, montana, some were supporters of reform, some had questions, even though montanans had strong opinions they didn't shout at one another, they were there to listen and hareflects the american people and what our democracy is about, a lot more than what's been covered on tv these last few days and that's why i thank all of you whether you are for or against health care reform for being here today. now, i'm going to take a bunch of questions, but before i do i want to just talk about what health insurance reform will mean for you, because there is a lot of misunderstandings out there. first of all, what we're proposing is a commonsense set of consumer protections for people with health insurance. people with private health insurance. i expect that after reform passes, the vast majority of americans are still going to be getting their insurance from private insurers, so we've got to have some protections in place for people like me, people like you, so insurance companies will no longer be able to place an arbitrary c
over the place, anyone who has access to this website. to be able to take what a colleague in montana or florida or new hampshire has done and use it or create your own new lesson plan from it will be a unique feature. it will create new community on docsteach, as well. we're looking forward to seeing that. >> one last question. you see that the workers are beginning to come users. -- ec that these lurkers are becoming users? as people are on the site, do they become more comfortable answer to contribute? >> yes, i think it is important to post as much variety as possible. the people that come on this side who are reading and viewing, they might not just have something like a question that has been posed but they have strong feelings about certain subjects. something you post later, they might or might feel more comfortable. i think it is important to post a variety of questions about a variety of topics requiring a variety of answers. we don't want every answer to be an essay that someone needs to record sometimes, it should be yes or no because those cures are more likely to china a
in new hampshire, in town hall meetings in montana and colorado, the president faced tougher questions from skeptics of his plan. >> why is it that you've changed your strategy? >> you can't tell us how you're going to pay for this. >> reporter: in a "new york times" op-ed on sunday, the president continued to make his case for health care reform, that it will control costs, make medicare more efficient and give those without health insurance a choice. the same message he has delivered on this road trip. >> we will do all of this without adding to our deficit over the next decade, largely by cutting waste and ending sweetheart deals for insurance companies that don't make anybody any healthier. >> reporter: but mr. obama appears to be stepping back from the idea of a government-run public option. >> the public option, whether we have it or we don't have it is not the entirety of health care reform. this is just one sliver of it. >> reporter: on sunday, health and human services secretary kathleen sebelius downplayed the idea further. >> i think what's important is choice and competitio
ladies, one from montana, one from michigan. >> let's figure them out first. mary fitzgerald is the first woman you guys selected. she's from deborn, michigan. she is 61 years old. she's a single mom, she has two daughters and twograndds. he has had two triple bypass surgeries and three het attacks. she takes ication caused her to lose a lot of her hair. she wears a wig and she's here with her daughter. let's taka listen to her story. >> i know you really want your mother to have this. >> yes, i do. my mother's been sick for a very long time and all the medines that she takes has made her hair very thin. she hasn't found a silist that can cut and color her hair sot doesn't look thin. she recently bought a wig and i want her to be able to take it off. >> i know you are apprehensive about taking off the wig. are you okay to do this? o, oh, yeah, no problem at all. surprise! >> i promise you, we willtake great care of you. no more wig, we are going to make you look beautiful. are you ready to go? >> yeah, thank you. >> wow, that was brave. were excited to see her. she's threi w her daughter
, a lot of pressure on a young girl like you. and your character, hannah montana, you're going into your fourth season now. a lot of people still see you in that disney clean-cut image. >> yeah. >> is it hard for you to kind of outgrow that and go past that? >> yeah, you know, i always want to, you know, be known -- it's not necessarily, i don't think it's like perfect girl, but it's someone that is hopefully, you knownspiring oer people, and that's what i want more than anything. i'm not here to say i'mperfect, because m far from that. as we all are. and i'm here to, you know, my mistakes are kind of a little harder because they are in front of millions of people, but i get to go through that and i get to learn. you know, it's hard sometimes to smile about it because half of the time it does suck having to through that, but itlso makes you want to try harder the next time when i know little girls look at me and say i'm their hero. >> do you like being a role model to th? and do you feel youe judged unfairly sometimes? >> sometimes i -- you know, it's kind of like going into this busines
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